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August 2018

Shelley Moore – Keynote

August 27 @ 8:00 am - 1:00 pm
Free 100 spots left

Please register for this session if you are attending Day 1 of Summer Institute!

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1F: Understanding the Collective Agreement – Jana Heffernan

August 28 @ 8:00 am - 9:30 am
Free 21 spots left

Target Audience: BCTF Members An experienced BCTF and NVTU member, Jana will take you through the role of the Teachers’ Federation, the local union, and the BCTF Website.  She will also be able to answer questions that you have or support you in finding answers to your union questions!

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1C: Ethnobotany Walk – Amelia Washington & Burt Bergmann

August 28 @ 8:00 am - 9:30 am
Free 2 spots left

Target Audience: K-12, Support Staff Late summer provides local people with a bounty of beneficial plant and animal products.  Join Amelia Washington and Burt Bergmann in the foyer at MSS and head out on this short walk along the Coldwater River and learn identification and uses of local indigenous plants.

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1G: Exploring the Mindshift App: Anxiety BC – SD58 Counsellors

August 28 @ 8:00 am - 9:30 am
Free 7 spots left

Target Audience: K-12, Support Services Join SD58 counsellors in a continuing conversation about anxiety and mental health in youth.  Please download the free Mindshift App before coming to the session.  

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1B: Local Geology Hike to Windy Canyon – BJ Moore

August 28 @ 8:00 am - 9:30 am
Free Sold out

Target Audience: K-12, Support Staff Are you new to Merritt?  Perhaps you have lived here for years and haven’t yet made the short trek up Windy Canyon. This hike will leave from Collettville Elementary, meander through the meadow, and then head up the Canyon.  We will discuss local history and geology. Wear good walking shoes.

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1A: Indigenizing Curriculum for Non-Indigenous Educators – Heidi Andersen

August 28 @ 8:00 am - 9:30 am
Free 9 spots left

Target Audience: K-12, Support Staff How can educators, particularly non-indigenous educators, respectfully satisfy the new curriculum regarding aboriginal ways knowing and indigenous content?  This workshop will focus on the First Peoples Principles of Learning, and how we can work toward embedding this knowledge into our practice.

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1D: Science Demos with Dave – David Andersen

August 28 @ 8:00 am - 9:30 am
Free 4 spots left

Target Audience: K-7 Classroom Teachers Participants will take part in a variety of science demonstrations and lab activities that could be used to support learning of a number of broad science concepts from the K-7 curriculum. Along with the demos and labs, participants will leave with resources to enhance hands-on science instruction in their own classroom.

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1E: Building a Social Media Network for Personal Professional Development – SD58 Panel

August 28 @ 8:00 am - 9:30 am
Free 11 spots left

Target Audience: K-12, Support Services Join a group of SD58 Educators who will share how they use social media for professional inspiration, who they follow (Twitter, Instagram, Facebook), and take time to build your own social media network.

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2C: Ethnobotany Walk – Amelia Washington & Burt Bergmann

August 28 @ 9:45 am - 11:15 am
Free 2 spots left

Target Audience: K-12, Support Staff Late summer provides local people with a bounty of beneficial plant and animal products.  Join Amelia Washington and Burt Bergmann in the foyer at MSS and head out on this short walk along the Coldwater River and learn identification and uses of local indigenous plants.

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2F: Technical vs. Adaptive Challenges: How to grow as a teacher – Marian Minar

August 28 @ 9:45 am - 11:15 am
Free 23 spots left

Target Audience: K-12, Support Staff In this session, you will learn a key strategy to grow as a teacher: the ability to differentiate between technical and adaptive challenges. The content will be based on research in adult development and Harvard University’s Kegan and Laskow’s book, Immunity to Change. Participants will interact, collaborate, and role-play the process from beginning to end and walk away with practical tools that they can use in their journey to improve.

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2A: Indigenizing Curriculum for Non-Indigenous Educators – Heidi Andersen

August 28 @ 9:45 am - 11:15 am
Free 8 spots left

Target Audience: K-12, Support Staff How can educators, particularly non-indigenous educators, respectfully satisfy the new curriculum regarding aboriginal ways knowing and indigenous content?  This workshop will focus on the First Peoples Principles of Learning, and how we can work toward embedding this knowledge into our practice.

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2G: Scavenger Hunt – Randy Sheldon

August 28 @ 9:45 am - 11:15 am
Free 8 spots left

Target Audience: 2-7 Experience a scavenger hunt on foot or bicycle (check with Randy for motorized exceptions!) that combines local knowledge, teamwork, and processing riddles to complete the tasks and beat the challenge! Randy will provide you with tips on creating your own class or school scavenger hunt, as well as the guide for this hunt.

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2B: Simple Classroom Nłeʔkepmxcinm Language Integration – Yvonne Joe & Adriane Mouland

August 28 @ 9:45 am - 11:15 am
Free 16 spots left

Target Audience: K-12, Support Services Learn how to introduce yourself in the language, say hello, count to 10 and a number of simple classroom phrases that can be used to authentically incorporate local First Nations Language and Culture into your everyday practice.

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2E: Marking up the Wrong Tree? – Doug Kearney

August 28 @ 9:45 am - 11:15 am
Free 8 spots left

Target Audience: K-12 Conversations about teaching, assessment, and reporting in this 90 minute PD designed by the BCTF. The revised curriculum is placing new assessment and evaluation demands on teachers. This workshop will allow participants opportunities to make sure they are doing what is actually needed and useful for assessing student learning. Doug is an experienced facilitator with a diverse background in education.

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2D: Behaviour Education & Self Management (BESM – PITW) – Leroy Slanzi

August 28 @ 9:45 am - 11:15 am
Free Sold out

Target Audience: K-12 This session will focus on the Behaviour Education and Self-Management piece of PITW. You will learn specifically about how and why Behaviour Education is important in training students to be in control of their thoughts, feelings and actions which allows them to harness their many and varied abilities and skills to pursue the abundant pathways to success in life. Positive social behaviour Building strong relationships The benefits of managing emotions and working with peers How to develop…

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3B: Reach Out Speak Out – Andre Cote

August 28 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Free 11 spots left

Target Audience: K-12, Support Services This workshop focuses on how to be an ally for LGBTQ students and support LGBTQ youth within schools. There will be an opportunity to develop strategies to use as an ally and activities on how to integrate LGBTQ issues into the curriculum in an age-appropriate manner from K–12. This workshop is highly recommended for teachers wanting to create a school-wide action plan to reduce or prevent homophobia/transphobia from occurring and to create an LGBTQ-positive school…

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3E: Prioritizing Wellness – Mark Nendick

August 28 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Free 20 spots left

Target Audience – K-12, Support Staff Join Mark Nendick in the upstairs gym @ MSS for a session on personal wellness, and how nutrition and fitness impacts a person's health and wellbeing. *Please wear comfortable clothing and running shoes to this session.

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3C: Using Office 365 to its Fullest (or Middlest) – Dave Andersen

August 28 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Free 6 spots left

Target Audience: K-12 By popular demand, how can you make the most of Office 365? You probably already use the basics in Office 365 – email, word, and OneDrive.  Now you are ready to take it further.  How does PowerPoint work?  What is Sway and how might I use it with my students?  Can I build a classroom in OneNote? This session will give answers to these questions and allow time to explore and use these tools in a supported…

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3F: Marking up the Wrong Tree? – Doug Kearney

August 28 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Free 10 spots left

Target Audience: K-12 Conversations about teaching, assessment, and reporting in this 90 minute PD designed by the BCTF. The revised curriculum is placing new assessment and evaluation demands on teachers. This workshop will allow participants opportunities to make sure they are doing what is actually needed and useful for assessing student learning. Doug is an experienced facilitator with a diverse background in education.

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3A: Simple Classroom Nłeʔkepmxcinm Language Integration – Yvonne Joe & Adriane Mouland

August 28 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Free 18 spots left

Target Audience: K-12, Support Services Learn how to introduce yourself in the language, say hello, count to 10 and a number of simple classroom phrases that can be used to authentically incorporate local First Nations Language and Culture into your everyday practice.

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3D: Introduction to Programming with Spheros – Burt Bergmann

August 28 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Free Sold out

Target Audience – K-7 ADST teachers Learn how to introduce students to the world of Programming with Spheros. This will be a hands on activity that gives practical solutions to ADST curriculum. *One teacher in attendance will win a Sphero (generously donated by SD58) for their school or classroom by participating in this workshop ($170 value).  The other sphero will be a draw for all SI participants.

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3G: Understanding Autism in the Classroom – Ken Ellis

August 28 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Free Sold out

Target Audience:  K-12 This workshop will approach the subject of autism in the classroom from the perspectives of: a teacher, a counselor, and a parent. Participants will learn what goes into a diagnosis of autism, differences in diagnoses, and the differences between ministry documents and current knowledge (essentially the differences between a diagnosis of autism under the DSM IV and the DSM 5).  Tied into this, participants will take some time to examine how we can broach the topic of…

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